HC Deb 15 July 1929 vol 230 c54W

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to vessels propelled by internal combustion trawling within the three-mile limit; and whether he intends to take any steps to put an end to this practice?


I am aware of the complaints that the installation of internal combustion engines in fishing boats has lead to an increase of trawling within the three-mile limit. Investigations have been in progress for some time to determine the effect of such trawling upon the stock of fish. Local sea fisheries committees have powers to make by-laws, subject to my confirmation, to prohibit or regulate trawling within the limits of their several districts, and most of them have availed themselves of this power. I have no authority of my own motion to interfere in the matter.